Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Photos :: 365 (July 3 - 9, 2014)

184/365 :: I was dancing around trying to be entertaining and this was the response I received.
185/365 :: These lights are always on.
186/365 :: Milo definitely has his sassy wig on.
187/365 :: We got together with a bunch of friends I met since Milo was born to celebrate all the babies birthdays. Milo decided he needed to help them tend to their garden.
188/365 :: Just a few things I picked from the garden.
189/365 :: Heart eye emoji.
190/365 :: Milo and I met Kaylah and Jeff in Buffalo for the afternoon. It was great to see them and I can't wait to do it again really soon!
I was just thinking how the poor cats don't make it into photos as much as they used to. Actually, right now we are having issues with one of them (I don't know who) peeing in Milo's room. At first I thought it wasn't really their fault because the litter box is in the basement and we have to keep the door shut so Milo doesn't fall down the stairs. We seemed to have a really good system going though. The door stays open all morning until Milo and I go to the kitchen for breakfast, we usually go out for a portion of the day so the door is open all that time, the door is open all night while we are sleeping and they meow at the door when they need to go down at other times during the day. A few times we accidentally left the door shut while we went out on the weekend and they peed on the carpets in Milo's room (which is why they are no longer in there) and now I think they are sometimes peeing in there even when the door is open! It's really frustrating and we don't know what to do about it. Any suggestions? We have plans to get a cat door so they always have access to the basement but now I'm worried they just like peeing in that room.

Bah, sorry to go off on such a rant but I'm sick of things getting wrecked because of cat pee! That stuff stinks!

Anyways, I hope everyone is having a really good Tuesday.

♥elycia

20 comments:

  1. Aww I love Milo's sassy faces!! Hmm, I know that I've seen some sort of enzyme spray you put on places the animals have peed and it's supposed to completely get rid of the scent so they stop thinking it's a place to pee. Not sure how well it works but it could be worth a try!

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    1. I forgot about that spray. I've heard of it before. Right now we are using vinegar.

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  2. Haha Milo really isn't impressed in that first photo!
    I haven't a clue about cast (I have a dog) but I hope you get the peeing situation sorted!

    Best wishes, Danielle x
    http://www.underlandtowonderland.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Yeah, I guess that doesn't say much about my dancing skills.

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  3. I would shampoo the carpet and buy the spray that is supposed to stop them from peeing in places they aren't supposed to. Make sure you wash any baseboards or furniture they might have peed on as well. You have to get rid of the smell completely so they don't continue to pee there.

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    1. I think the carpet may be a lost cause. I've washed the floor (both spot cleaned and totally washed) so hopefully they don't do it again!

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  4. The most important thing is to make sure you use a cleaner specifically for urine when you're cleaning up, if they can smell it they will return there and continue to pee. This is the 'enzyme' spray the previous commenter is mentioning. We use Natures Miracle. A cat door is a great idea, we have a cat door that leads into a closet and our litter box is on the bottom of the closet.

    Pam Johnson-Bennet is a renowned cat physiologist (is that a thing?) and in her books she recommends that if you're having litter box problems, make sure you have one more box then you have cats. So for two cats, you need three boxes, for one cat you need two. This ensures that even picky cats can do their business in private, and that they can choose to pee in one box and poop in the other. She also recommends not having a covered box, but keeping it open. Here's an article that might help: http://www.catbehaviorassociates.com/some-common-reasons-why-cats-stop-using-the-litter-box/

    Also, keep in mind that it might just be an adjustment period for them. My parents tell a famous story about my childhood cat, that when they brought me home from the hospital she peed on my baby blanket numerous times out of spite. It could be that they're connecting Milos presence with their more limited access to their boxes. I would definitely recommend keeping them out of his room, increasing access to the litter boxes, and seeing if that helps.

    Good luck!

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    1. Thank you for all the info! That is all really helpful! Our litter boxes are not covered and we actually only have two on the go at any given time at the moment. I think the cat door is a must.

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  5. Ugh, story of my life. One of our kitties Toshi used to pee throughout our apartment. It was due to a bladder infection though which was making her anxious, which in turn was making her pee more. We tackled that with urinary tract infection food, but to get to the point, I would clean up the piddle and then spray the area with vinegar. It's a natural odour neutralizer and it really did the trick. It's what my mom used around our house over the years and for us it really works. And by us, I mean because of our cats. My brother and I didn't pee in random places when we were little.

    p.s. You might be able to tell if one of your kitties has a bladder infection by the temperature of the spot where they're peeing. Meaning, if it's a cold corner, cats with bladder infections tend to pee in colder areas. But I hope this isn't the case!

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    1. Hmm, interesting. They actually only like to pee on stuff. They don't just like peeing on the bare floor. Not sure if that means anything!

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  6. Ugh I feel you :(
    When I still lived at my parents house, I used to keep a bunch of my purses/bags in this plastic laundry basket. One night I was staying with a friend and my family accidentally shut the cat in my room, and she got on top of the basket and peed all over it, so it dripped on ALL MY BAGS! It was the worst, hahah. Some of the bags I saved, but not all :p

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    1. Yuck! Something similar happened to me while we were living with my mom! So stinky! Especially when you don't notice right away.

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  7. p.s.- keep writing! We know your life and interests are different now, and we want to hear about it! We love ya!

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    1. Thank you Laura! That means a lot!

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  8. Also it seems like you cook sometimes. I would love to hear more about your vegan diet. How you get enough protein and variety. I am working on eating a lot less meat, but being vegan is more intimidating.

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    1. I cook all the time but I feel like I am so boring when it comes to food. We get stuck on the same meals for a long time. Maybe I will start sharing a bit though because what is boring to me might be different to someone else.

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  9. Bloody hate it when the cat pees on stuff. It really sucks because it makes the whole house stink, and it's like... "where did he pee? where?!!!!!" and then you find it and you kind of wish you didn't...

    Owl Girl | A London lifestyle blog

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    1. Yes! That happened here the other night. I thought I was smelling an old spot where they peed that somehow was still stinky. Nope, it was a new one.

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  10. About the cat's behaviour, first make sure it's not a bladder infection (ask your vet and explain him/her the situation). It can also be that one of the cats has a hard time adapting to the new situation with the baby. (Even if it starts only after a year!) One of my cats had a hard time adapting to my ex leaving. You can use some artificial feromones (Feliway for example) to make the cats feel happier. With me it solved the peeing problem.

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  11. Have you talked to your vet? Peeing outside the box can be an indication of a bladder infection. They associate the box with pain so they go somewhere "comfortable" instead.

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